Republican Party Platform

It’s a beaut. You outta give it a read. [For good measure the Democratic Platform is here].

From page 1 (Page 1!!!)–my italics:

The waging of war — and the achieving of peace — should never be micromanaged in a party platform, or on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives for that matter.

Hmmm–what about Article I Section 8 of the Constitution you might ask:

Congress shall have power to declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.

Now the response would be the micromanaging is not declaring. Declaring involves the first step (yea or nea on the war) and then after that no “micromanaging”–which I suppose in the current context means no tying of funding to timelines for withdrawal.

That might work if say the Republicans in Congress hadn’t done similar things against Clinton (or Truman or LBJ). As Congress (of whichever party) should do in a system of checks and balances.

On a much creepier level, the document states that peace comes through strength. Sounds like Caesar himself wrote that section. Peace comes through victory in war and expect some more of those (wars) if McCain is elected.

Update I: (p.6) This is some scary neocon ideology:

Advancing America’s values should be the core mission of every part of the federal government, including the Department of State. America’s diplomatic establishment must energetically represent our country’s agenda to the world. We propose a thorough reform of its structure to ensure that promotions and appointments are based on performance in supporting the nation’s agenda.

As opposed to say competence.  And by the nation’s agenda read: neocon agenda.

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  1. […] platform redux Since I was kinda hard on the Republican Platform yesterday, I went back through it so I could point out some positives.  As to social so-called […]

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